Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies.  It’s a delicious lunch that you can feel good about!

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies. It's a delicious lunch that you can feel good about! @FlavortheMoment

This Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese may look innocent, but it’s my nemesis.  How could something I love so much cause me so much pain?

I’ll tell you how because I’m sure you’re on pins and needles.  I photographed this sandwich THREE times in 3 weeks, which you might have seen on my Instagram stories.   I almost scrapped it completely after the second go-round, too.

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies. It's a delicious lunch that you can feel good about! @FlavortheMoment

It was like the ultimate veggie leaning tower…it wouldn’t stand up straight for anything.  And then it fell.  It was like Humpty Dumpty once it fell, too…it wasn’t going back together cleanly.  I mean, how could it??

Finally, I got the gumption to do it again.   With a lot of toothpicks and just as much patience, I got the photos of this ultimate veggie sandwich in one piece.

This sandwich almost looks like it’s smiling doesn’t it?  My nemesis.

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies. It's a delicious lunch that you can feel good about! @FlavortheMoment

Truly, when you love something so much you have to see it through.  And I’m no quitter. 🙂

This sandwich starts with amazing whole grain bread, which in this case is Dave’s Killer Bread.  It’s pretty much the only bread I buy because it’s packed with whole grains and seeds, has no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and has no high fructose corn syrup.  They didn’t pay me to say that — I just love it.

I absolutely love veggie sandwiches with a cream cheese spread, so that’s what I chose here.  I popped some softened cream cheese into my food processor with some lemon juice, zest, and herbs from my garden and processed it until combined.  You could also whip it with your hand mixer if you prefer that.

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Next comes the fun part — piling on your favorite veggies.  I always have to have some sort of greens, cucumber, and avocado, and the rest depends on what I have laying around.  I had some tomato and radishes so went with that.  Zucchini, bell peppers, sprouts, etc. would be great choices as well.

Suffice it to say, this Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese won’t be your nemesis, because all you have to do is eat it.  No tooth picks, no camera, just sink your teeth into it.  Now that these photos are behind me, that’s all I have to do too.

The future is definitely looking a lot brighter. 🙂

Recipe Tips:

  1. The cream cheese is most spreadable at room temperature.  You can also whip the cream cheese with a hand mixer if you prefer, just make sure to chop the herbs first.
  2. Use any of your favorite veggies or herbs — this sandwich is completely customizable.
  3. This recipe would also be great in a wrap!

And now it’s Eat Seasonal time, where a group of bloggers join up to share recipes featuring seasonal produce!  This month I used avocado, greens, and radishes from the list we were given.  Thank you to our wonderful host Becky from The Vintage Mixer, and be sure to visit her April Seasonal Produce Guide for even more recipe inspiration this month!

You can get in on the fun too, using the hashtag #eatseasonal to share your seasonal recipes as well.  Be sure to visit the links below for the other Eat Seasonal blogger’s recipes!

Sugar Snap Pea and Bacon Salad by Completely Delicious

BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Veggie Burgers by She Likes Food

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats by Floating Kitchen

Asparagus Grilled Cheese by Vintage Mixer

Frittata with Ham and Asparagus by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Easy Homemade Guacamole by Joy Food Sunshine

Sorghum Vegetable Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette by Cafe Johnsonia

Mushroom Rosemary Olive Oil Bread by Cookin’Canuck

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic, Gorgonzola and Walnuts by Aggie’s Kitchen

Polenta Cauliflower Torta with Roasted Asparagus by Letty’s Kitchen

Herbed Potato Rösti with Peas, Shallots, and Bacon by Food for My Family

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Walnut-Bacon Crumble by Simple Bites

Creamy Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus by Foodie Crush

Spring Mint & Papaya Batido by Suitcase Foodist

Skillet Shrimp with Lime and Green Curry Compound Butter by Kitchen Confidante

Loaded Guacamole Tacos by Mountain Mama Cooks

 

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies. It's a delicious lunch that you can feel good about! @FlavortheMoment

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies.  It’s a delicious lunch that you can feel good about!

Ingredients:

For the cream cheese spread:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed herbs (I used half dill and half flat leaf parsley)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon plus 1 tablespoon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of kosher salt

For the sandwich:

  • 4 slices whole wheat bread (I used Dave’s Killer Bread)
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 8 slices cucumber
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • toothpicks, for serving (optional)

Directions:

Prepare the cream cheese spread:

  1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined.  Set aside.

Assemble the sandwiches:

  1. Spread the desired amount of cream cheese on the top slices of bread (you will have some spread leftover).  Layer the avocado, tomato, cucumber, radish, and fresh spinach on the bottom slices of bread, and top with the top slices.  Use toothpicks for serving, if desired, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • If you prefer to whip your cream cheese with a hand mixer instead, simply chop the herbs first.
  • The lemon herb cream cheese is best softened, so let it stand at room temperature to soften if you make it in advance.
  • This sandwich is completely customizable — use your favorite veggies!

Recipe source:  Flavor the  Moments

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Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies. It's a delicious lunch that you can feel good about! @FlavortheMoment

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